Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 25 21:06:39 UTC 2010

I've *heard* _scoff_/_scarf_ only in the military. Otherwise, I know
both forms only as literary terms.


On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 1:11 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at> wrote:
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> I knew and used only "scarf."  OED has scoff/scaff/scarf, giving
> "scoff" as the dominant variant of "scaff" and "scarf" as an American
> variant.  I just came across "scoff" in RA Delderfield's _To Serve
> them all my Days_, p. 87, "to scoff tea and chudleys."  I don't know
> if that's St. Louis usage, though.
> Herb
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